“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
– C.S. Lewis.

Welcome to Reason To Believe – a website dedicated to addressing questions about Christianity and the Bible.

I’m Michael Shaw, Associate Pastor at Strandtown Baptist Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I previously worked as a Journalist and Assistant Producer at the BBC, before studying Theology at Oxford University.  I’m married to Lauren and enjoy good coffee, running, and reading.

Some people today describe Christianity, and indeed all religious belief, as “blind faith.” But this isn’t the kind of faith which is encouraged by the Bible itself.  Christianity is credible, reasonable, and based on evidence.  And so we can have confidence that Jesus really is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). As a result, I want to take seriously the command in 1 Peter 3:15 – “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

But how can we know that Christianity is true?  That’s what Reason To Believe is about: it’s a place to ask questions and discover more about who God is through His word, and through the person of Jesus Christ.  In the end, my aim is simply to know Christ better and make Him better known.

I subscribe to the historic beliefs of Christianity taken from the Bible and summed up in statements of faith including the Apostles’ Creed and the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.